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Whether you are stealing online or off, stealing is wrong. Whether you get caught or not, stealing is wrong. But what about sharing music? Is that wrong? Learn about copyrights, fair use, and music piracy, with these hot sites.
Any discussion of music piracy must start with an understanding of copyright law. And you don’t need to be a grownup or a lawyer to grasp the basics, as proven by this terrific kids site from the Copyright Society of America. Highlights are the multimedia Yearbook Club (which shows
An Investigation into Music Piracy
Created in 1999 for a business ethics class at Santa Clara University, this investigation into music piracy has some outdated links, but is still an excellent site for high-school and college students. It is a fictionalized story based on real facts, and is organized into three sections: Case Study (the facts), Ethics (according to four ethical theories) and Judgement (the conclusion.) The ethical perspectives examined include John Locke’s theories on property rights, the utilitarian view of promoting happiness, the deontological theory of duties, and Aristotle’s strive-for-excellence virtue ethics.
Keep Music Coming
“You need music. And music needs you. Buying music makes more music.” Best clicks on this in-your-face-and-ears site from the Canadian Value of Music Coalition are the industry insider interviews (“Behind the Scenes) and “Hot in Here?” The hot topics are articles, public service announcements, and press releases about the fight against illegal music sharing. To post feedback, jump over to “Speak Up” for chat rooms and message boards. If the boom, boom, boom bothers you, you can turn it off (or change its rhythm) near the bottom of the page.
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